Saturday, September 22, 2012

A blurb fest for all genres this weekend

TBR invites authors to share their blurbs this weekend - any and all genres. But, as always, please keep your blurbs suitable for general audiences.

It's easy to participate. In the comments section below, just enter:
- Book title and author
- Book blurb
- Buy link

One blurb per author, please.

I'm looking forward to reading some fantastic blurbs this weekend. Post away!


  1. This is from my soon-to-be-released book Secondhand Shoes, by me, Shelly Arkon.

    The shoes didn't fit. It was an omen.

    Lila should have listened to her dead Gram's advice,"Take of that dress and those shoes. And run."

    When she finally does listen, she gets caught in a deadly run for her life.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. Sudden Breakaway (a 1Night Stand story) by Jessica E. Subject

    Dressed in her black designer suit, Paige Brown recruits men and women for the Space Service. After the end of her marriage, and several failed recruiting missions, she yearns to find a way out of her lifelong contract to live a normal life. To find love again.

    Jared Barnes’s life had been flipped upside down by two little kids. When his former Commander’s wife shows up to give him a reprieve, he jumps at the chance for a break, and to visit his former squad. But it is not his buddies he meets in the private suite at the Washington Capitals game, instead a woman who has been the star of all of his recent fantasies, fulfills his wildest dreams except the one that binds his heart.

    Has Madame Eve made a mistake or can two lonely hearts overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles?

    Now available from Decadent Publishing and other ebook retailers.

    More information and buy links here:

  3. Mistress of the Stone

    An old fashioned adventure romance with pirates, werewolves, gargoyles and ghosts.

    Luísa Tavares has a list of sins the length of the Antilles, but there’s no time to repent for them now. When a pockmarked Frenchman hands her Papa’s ring—still attached to his severed finger—she orders the Coral back to the Caribbean, despite her father’s earlier warning never to return.

    It’s Luísa’s luckless fate that the only man who can help her is a blasted Inglés pirate hunter who’s more dead than alive and locked in a curse he doesn’t want lifted. Worse, his feral sensuality sparks a hunger she can’t ignore.

    Xander Daltry hadn’t planned on kidnapping this wild woman—or succumbing to his uncontrollable desire for her. But he needs Luísa and the moonstone she wears around her neck to rescind a witch’s spell. His sister, long dead, and others like her have been cursed to remain in the mortal plane for eternity. Only the stone can set them free.

    The only way to convince the reluctant pirate queen to help him is to withhold one small bit of the truth. For if she learns who really betrayed her father, the longing in her fiery eyes could easily turn to murderous wrath…

    Buy here

    Rated ‘Best Book’ by LASR

  4. Lyon's Legacy, Sandra Ulbrich Almazan, Science Fiction.

    Sometimes being a geneticist isn’t enough to understand your family....

    Joanna Lyon is the great-granddaughter of the legendary TwenCen musician Sean Lyon. She may have inherited her ancestor's musical talent, but her parents' bitter divorce and her Uncle Jack's attempts to remake her into another Sean have left her hostile toward her family and music. Her passion is for science, but since she has no access to the family funds, she struggles to earn enough credits for graduate school. Then her uncle sets up a business deal with her employer to make Joanna go on a mission for him: travel via the spaceship Sagan to an alternate TwenCen universe where Sean is still alive. Joanna must collect a DNA sample from Sean so her uncle can create a clone of him. She refuses at first, but finally agrees to go. Secretly, however, Joanna believes her uncle will exploit the clone, and she plans to sabotage the project to stop him. But when she falls in love with one of the scientists in the Sagan's genetics lab, clashes with other time travelers who fear she'll change how history develops on the alternative TwenCen Earth, and receives devastating personal news, Joanna will find herself pushed to her limit even before she comes face-to-face with her hated ancestor. Their encounter will leave her changed forever. Will she still be able to thwart her uncle's plan, and what will she have to sacrifice to do so?

    Approximately 36,000 words.

    Kindle link:

    Also available as an e-book from B&N and Smashwords, a paperback from CreateSpace, and an audiobook from Audible.

  5. CassaFire by Alex J. Cavanaugh

    Byron’s days of piloting Cosbolt fighters are over. Keeping a promise to his fallen mentor, he now serves on an exploration vessel. The detection of alien ruins sends them to the distant planet of Tgren. Are the ruins a key to the Tgren’s civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as their new allies are suspicious of the Cassans. To complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers. Forced to train Athee and further develop her flying aptitude, Byron’s patience is strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist, and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his privacy…

    Amazon Best Seller!
    Science fiction - space opera/adventure
    Print ISBN 978-0-9827139-4-5 $15.95
    EBook ISBN 978-0-9827139-6-9 $4.99
    Barnes and Noble -
    Amazon -

  6. Hi Everyone! Stealing the Sheriff's Heart is a Western/Historical Romance by L.B.Shire
    Here's the Blurb: Sheriff Corban Culley came to Becker's Ridge to set roots and make a good name for himself. He never expected to risk it all to save Miss Amelia Grey, the woman who stole his heart.

    Sheriff Corban Culley is hot on the heels of an outlaw who just robbed the local stagecoach. He captures the hooded bandit easily enough, but what he finds under that cover will change his life forever.

    As of late, Amelia Grey has been threatened, bullied and blackmailed. In her desperation to save her kidnapped brother and her family's ranch, she's forced to make a tough decision. After falling for handsome lawman Corban Culley, she spent months finding ways to cross his path. But she hadn't expected their next encounter to be with her on the wrong side of the law, and him needing to risk his reputation to save her family.
    Buy Links:

  7. Dangerous Shift - Jill James - paranormal romantic suspense

    Shapeshifters live among us but remain unknown to most people except for the highest echelons of law enforcement, the military, science, and medical fields—until now.

    When a fatal virus strikes Shapeshifters all over the West coast, including members of the Shapeshifter Task Force in San Laura, California, reinforcements are called in from around the United States.

    Lt. Nikki Hill of Missouri comes to San Laura and is partnered up with Lt. Sean Evans. They quickly butt heads on everything from proper police procedures to the moral ethics of euthanasia. They can’t seem to get a lead on the serial killer even as members of their own families are stricken with the virus. In their grief they turn to each other and hope they have time to discover if their relationship stands a chance or if they might just be the next victims of the species extinction disease.

    Dangerous Shift is available at Amazon,, Smashwords, and All Romance eBooks

    Also available in print.

  8. Sam (a pastoral) - Susan Larson YA novel ages 12 and up

    Ruthie has been nagging her parents to give her a pony for close to twelve years, which is her whole life. When the opportunity finally comes she is so desperate that she buys the first animal she sees, a huge, ugly, cantankerous horse. Sam.

    Sam may be unlovely but he's good at love. When Ruthie's family falls apart, the horse becomes her refuge. He faithfully carries her through her storms of rage and pain, until she finds her heart's desire- healing and forgiveness for those she loves.

    Sam (a pastoral) is available at Amazon, print and Kindle book,
    and at smashwords.

  9. HI everyone! Blurbfest...what an awesome idea.

    here's the blurb for the upcoming soon-to-be-released Irish Kisses book three (tentative release set for early November) Sweet Irish Kiss and Shamrocked, the first two books in the series, are available from most ebook retailers - for buylinks and more details.

    A shot of threesome sweetness stirs up emotions….

    Elizabeth, a part-time manageress of Bell’s Irish Pub and business student,
    is newly hitched. Her marriage could use a serious shake up, but she finds
    shopping a more therapeutic use of her time.

    If Todd’s wife is happy, he’s happy. But it seems nothing is putting a sweet
    smile on her face these days, not even her friends at Bell’s. So he contacts
    1NightStand and arranges the one thing he knows she doesn’t necessarily
    want but definitely needs for her thirtieth birthday; a threesome.

    Enter cowboy Cade, who’s in London, England hoping to make a restaurant
    franchise deal. After weeks of doors slamming shut, he uses the 1Night
    Stand agency in hopes of sprinkling some fun over his overseas business trip
    and perhaps to learn what he’s missing out on by being relationship shy.

    A harmless night of intimacy is planned.

    Is a dash of threesome sweetness the remedy each is looking for, or will the
    date leave a bitter aftertaste each will regret for the rest of their lives?

    by Sunny Frazier
    Mystery Suspense/Astrology

    Christy Bristol is an office assistant at the Central County Sheriff's Department in Kearny, CA. While her work is humdrum and low paying, dabbling in astrology brings unwanted trouble and danger into her life.

    When a socialite requests a horoscope on her husband, Christy's instincts and ethics warn her not to comply. Gal pal Lennie Watkins insists she do the chart, if only out of curiosity. What Christy discovers in the horoscope is an extramarital affair that is life-threatening for the man.

    The wife informs Christy her husband has disappeared and, for appearance's sake, she cannot go to the police. She asks Christy to use astrology to find her husband. The request is ridiculous, but Lennie has been a PI-in-training and sees this as opportunity to develop her sleuthing.

    A bottle of heart pills and a strange matchbook are the only clues in the case. Nevertheless, Christy and Lennie set out to find the missing husband. Their investigation leads them to the VA Hospital, a college campus, fitness gym, print shop, and finally, a sex club. They also cross paths with a triple homicide investigation being conducted by the Sheriff's Department, and her amateur sleuthing could get Christy fired.

    Set in the San Joaquin Valley, WHERE ANGELS FEAR is the sequel to FOOLS RUSH IN in the Christy Bristol Astrology Mysteries.

    Available at Amazon, Oak Tree Books and all electronic formats.

  11. Dumpster Dying by Lesley A. Diehl
    cozy mystery

    Dumpster Dying, a mystery set in Florida, is not just another story about sunny beaches and bikini-clad beauties. In it, Florida natives collide with winter visitors in murderous, yet often humorous ways.

    Emily Rhodes, the new bartender at the Big Lake Country Club in rural Florida, lifts the lid of the club’s dumpster one night to discover the dead body of the wealthiest rancher in the county. The authorities are certain they have the killer since evidence at the scene points to Emily’s friend and boss, Clara, but Emily has doubts. She believes Clara is hiding a secret involving the dead man’s family, but unraveling how Clara and the rancher’s lives are intertwined competes with Emily’s own problems. Her life partner has recently died, and the only will she can locate leaves everything to his ex-wife. Despite the grief she feels over her partner’s death and the money problems it has created for her, Emily sets out to identify the rancher’s killer. She must outwit a vengeful widow, fend off the advances of the man she believes to be the murderer, get to know an adult daughter she’s never met, and flee a fire bearing down on the drought-ridden pastures and swamps of her adopted community. Suddenly, the golden years of retirement seem more like pot metal to Emily.

    Avaialbe at Amazon, Oak Tree Books and all electronic formats

    by William Doonan

    Archaeologists Jila Wells and Ben Juarez are not thrilled at the prospect of returning to Peru; the ambush that nearly cost Jila her life still haunts her. But the ruined pyramids at Santiago de Paz hide an important document that would shock the Islamic world. Professor Sandy Beckham is assembling a distinguished team to dig quickly through the pyramid complex, following clues found in the diary of a wealthy Muslim woman who lived in Spain five centuries ago.

    In the diary are details of an illegal expedition to Spanish Peru in three well-armed ships. Convinced that Spain was forever lost to Islam, Diego Ibanez intended to bring the word of Allah to the pagan Americans. Landing on Peru’s north coast, he learned that the fires of the Inquisition burned even hotter there than they did in Spain.

    As the archaeologists brace for the ravaging storms of El Niño, Jila and Ben hurry to complete their excavations. But they’re not the only ones interested in this project. Other forces are determined that the document remain hidden. Should it be discovered, a challenge could be made under Islamic testamentary law to the throne of Saudi Arabia. And the House of Saud has no interest in sharing power with an American caliphate that might now awaken from a five hundred year slumber.

    by Meredith Holland and Morgan St. James
    Funny Crime Caper

    With $800 Million worth of products produced in federal prisons every year, division director Abby Hamilton had a diabolical scheme to become a very wealthy woman. In fact, she had almost reached her $35 million goal when she made the mistake of hiring three savvy women who blew the lid off Pandora’s box.

    Despite comical backfires, Jennifer, Kate and Cameron were determined to find out what happened to missing bonus money and managed to pull off an intensive amateur undercover investigation. What they discovered was shocking evidence of something so much bigger—Abby’s clever multimillion dollar embezzlement plot.

    Twists, turns, backfires and lots of laughs as these three savvy women turn into Charlie's Angels wannabes.

  14. Practice To Deceive
    By J. R. Lindermuth

    Trouble follows Sticks Hetrick when he and Anita Bailey, the new woman in his life, go on a Caribbean cruise. Though he has no jurisdiction, Hetrick assists a Jamaican police inspector investigate two murders which have roots back home in Pennsylvania.

    Meanwhile, Officer Flora Vastine, Hetrick’s protégé and the team in Swatara Creek, are probing mysterious assaults on young women which will put Flora’s life in jeopardy.

    Both Hetrick and Flora will learn the past has consequences which can’t be denied.

    Purchase links:

  15. Practice To Deceive
    By J. R. Lindermuth

    Trouble follows Sticks Hetrick when he and Anita Bailey, the new woman in his life, go on a Caribbean cruise. Though he has no jurisdiction, Hetrick assists a Jamaican police inspector investigate two murders which have roots back home in Pennsylvania.

    Meanwhile, Officer Flora Vastine, Hetrick’s protégé and the team in Swatara Creek, are probing mysterious assaults on young women which will put Flora’s life in jeopardy.

    Both Hetrick and Flora will learn the past has consequences which can’t be denied.

    Purchase links:

  16. Jambalaya Justice
    by Holli Castillo

    When the body of a hooker is discovered in a crackhouse, New Orleans prosecutor Ryan Murphy refuses to let the case languish into yet another unsolved homicide. She has a connection to the victim and won’t back down until the murder is solved, even it means she has to go undercover as a hooker and keep her fingers crossed that Shep, her detective boyfriend, won’t find out.

    She’s also juggling a mobster murder, a nasty domestic violence assault, and the armed robbery of a strip club. Not to mention a dangerous home invader she prosecuted is now off of probation and might be following her.

    Being an outspoken pit bull of a prosecutor makes life dangerous enough for Ryan; trying to find a killer and hiding it from the one person who can protect her may end up being deadly.

    But Shep is involved in a secret investigation of his own, one that forces him to lie to Ryan while trying to figure out how to protect her from a danger she doesn’t know exists.

    At first, Ryan’s only concern is getting justice for her victims. By the time the weekend ends, she’ll settle for staying alive.

    Set against the backdrop of pre-Katrina New Orleans, Jambalaya Justice is the second in the Crescent City Mystery Series.

    By Douglas Danielson
    Nautical mystery/adventure

    Drugs, deception, and dirty deeds, threaten the America’s Cup

    When JAKE MORTENSEN and his “always ready to party” crew are sent to Mexico to retrieve a stolen 50-foot ketch called SHORE LOSER, his first venture as a repo-yacht captain places his three friends in danger and almost gets him killed in the process. He doesn’t know it, but concealed on board SHORE LOSER is a package so valuable some San Diego businessmen would resort to murder to recover it and others would be shocked if they knew what it contained. While trying to protect the boat and his crew, Jake discovers the hidden goods, exposes an investment scam that rocks the San Diego yachting community, helps catch the bad guys, and learns the real reason why the Russians were unable to participate in the ’95 America’s Cup.

    Available in hardcover and Kindle

  18. Stone Heart's Woman by Velda Brotherton
    After the betrayal of his mother's people, Stone Heart has sworn never again to speak the language of his white father, but the red haired Irish woman has captured his heart and he can't abandon her, for surely she will die.
    Available in hardcover and E books

  19. THE BOOK WAITRESS (Book #1, The Book Waitress Series)
    by Deena Remiel
    Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance


    Camille Dutton learned early in life Satan was not to be trifled with. Escaping his evil clutches as a child, he's come back with a vengeance for her now.

    Derek Galloway's inquisitive nature has led him to be an award-winning investigative reporter and straight into the path of pure evil.

    When a child vanishes from a sleepy island town, Camille, its subdued librarian, becomes embroiled in Derek's investigation. A satanic cult has plans for the child, while Satan has plans for Camille and the rest of the world. Amidst evil of the most supernatural and human kind, Derek and Camille find a shred of light and goodness in the form of their budding relationship.

    First in the Book Waitress Series, the portal between Hell and Earth will be torn asunder, and it will take everything Camille and Derek have and then some to close it. Satan won't go down easy, but nothing worth everything comes without a price.

  20. Alpha
    by Stephen L. Brayton
    Action Mystery


    On a rainy October morning, Mallory Petersen, private detective and martial artist, discovers the corpse of her boyfriend, Bobby Furillo, in front of her office in Des Moines. Bucking police authority and continually attacked by unknown adversaries, Mallory uncovers Bobby's devastating secrets. Each new revelation puts Mallory in deeper peril from powerful and dangerous people. And just what are those enigmatic RSVP cards that keep showing up in Mallory's mail?

  21. Three Seconds to Thunder
    by C.K.Crigger
    Historical mystery

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    China Bohannon is a modern 1890’s career woman, but the Doyle & Howe Detective Agency hasn’t turned her loose on a case of her own just yet. China is champing at the bit and when a call for help comes in, a trip into the mountains above the St. Joe country sounds just the thing to prove her worth and assist a friend at the same time. Porter Anderson’s uncle has disappeared and a Johnny-come-lately timber baron has claimed the family homestead. What’s more, he has a bill of sale for it that Porter knows his uncle didn’t sign. The problem is proving it—or so it would seem. Porter doesn’t believe his uncle sold out and left the country without telling anybody. He’s afraid old Lionel Hooker might be dead—murdered.
    Declaring the case unsuitable for a lady like China, Monk takes it on, but now no one has heard from him in days. China sets out to discover his whereabouts as the dry lightning of summer sets the woods ablaze.
    What she finds is a trail of lies, theft, and murder, with her uncle Monk likely the next victim. Then, just when the problem appears solved, trouble breaks out again. This time, Gratton Doyle is the one in danger and China who must bail him out.

  22. Here's one from the uber-talented Rab Swannock Fulton.

    Transformation - a dark fantasy novella.

    As Donnacha falls passionately in love with Eimir, so too a sense of wrongness in his life increases, growing steadily stronger and closer to the two lovers. The young man finds himself troubled by dreams, discorporate voices and other strange incidents. Finally the supernatural impacts directly on his reality; in a way that allows no room for denial or ambiguity. A terrible creature from Irish folklore, a pooka, threatens Donnacha and all those close to him.

    With events swiftly unfolding against the backdrop of modern Galway’s vibrancy, multi-culturalism, poverty and divisions, Donnacha’s struggle with the pooka forces him to confront his own beliefs and values. As the beast uses its teeth and horns to gouge a bloody path through the city, it vows to stop only when Donnacha gives him his soul...

  23. Back of Beyond
    A Medieval Mystery but not just a mystery. In The Back of Beyond, we meet two engagingly real characters. The Abbot Rutilius and the boy, William, whom he meets at the start of the book, hidden away in a monastery filled with old men waiting to die.

    Rutilius is a bit of know-it-all. Given a peripatetic job to get him out of the way at `head office' in Avignon where he was a loose cannon - even to using Moslem algebra because it worked so much better than Roman numerals!
    William is the son of a minor duke who espoused the ideas of the Cathar movement in opposition to the Papacy. William spent his early years with the castle's master-at-arms being more a father-figure than his father.
    Rutilius is an accountant, his duty is to make certain that the Pope gets his tax - small streams contributing to rivers and torrents of money and treasure which disappear into the Vatican to reappear as paintings and sculpture adorning St. Peter's.
    On reaching the Abbey at St. Gwilhem le Desert, the pair have been waylaid by a thief and are looking forward to a little comfort and rest and in the Abbot's case, good food and drink. He makes friends in the village and at a dinner party given by a local lady. He learns that the untimely death of one of the Abbey's monks is murder.
    Shocked and disbelieving, Rutilius' investigation is further complicated by another murder, an attempted murder and inaccuracies in the kitchen accounts. Quite how a local donkey's appetite for exotic tidbits and an assault by poacher as well as village infidelities contribute to this tale of medieval life and death is best left to the reader.
    Oh, and incidentally, I understand that St. Gwilhem le Desert translates to St. William in the Back of Beyond - hence the title.

  24. The Diamond Seekers

    When a courier for the powerful crime family descended from Niccolo Machiavelli realizes he's being followed by a rival family assassin, he takes a detour through the English countryside to shake his pursuer. He manages to hide his precious cargo a fortune in blood diamonds from Sierra Leone before his pursuer collides with an English family on a holiday drive.
    The courier drowns in a swollen river; the mother and son die in the crash. The father is emotionally devastated, and retires in despair from his MI5 cipher career.

    Five years later, the head of the Machiavelli crime family, Alberto Lorente, is still in pursuit of his missing diamonds and is ready to launch an ambitious scheme to recover them. What follows is a twisted trail of murder, kidnapping and layers upon layers of subterfuge.
    The British Security Services are seriously compromised, but no one knows how or by whom. And suddenly, our former MI5 cipher expert is on everyone s shopping list.

  25. Thanks, Cate! :)
    Outcast. Cursed. Dying. Is Keir beyond redemption?

    For Keirlan de Corizi--the legendary 'Blue Demon' of Adalucien--death seems the only escape from a world where his discolored skin marks him as an oddity and condemns him to life as a pariah. But salvation comes in an unexpected guise: Tarquin Secker, a young woman who can travel the stars with a wave of her hand.

    But Quin has secrets of her own. She's spent eternity searching through space and time with a strange band of companions at her back. Defying her friends' counsel, Quin risks her apparent immortality to save Keir. She offers him sanctuary and a new life on her home world, Lyagnius.
    When Keir mistakenly unleashes his dormant alien powers and earns instant exile from Quin's home world, will she risk everything to stand by him again?

  26. Oooops, forgot - KEIR by Pippa Jay. Sorry.

  27. "Mixed Messages" by Patricia Gligor

    It’s estimated that there are at least twenty to thirty active serial killers in the United States at any given time. There’s one on the loose on the west side of Cincinnati.

    It’s the week of Halloween and Ann Kern struggles with several issues. Her primary concern is her marriage which, like her west side neighborhood, is in jeopardy. Her husband is drinking heavily and his behavior toward her is erratic. One minute, he’s the kind, loving man she married and, the next minute, he’s cold and cruel.

    Ann dismisses a psychic’s warning that she is in danger. But, when she receives a series of ominous biblical quotes, she grows nervous and suspicious of everyone, including her own husband.

    As the bizarre and frightening events unfold, Ann discovers a handmade tombstone marked with her name, pushing her close to the edge. Will she be the Westwood Strangler’s next victim?

  28. 'The Wild Heart' by Gina Rossi

    Georgina Blake flees a refined life in eighteenth century England to avoid a scandal. Determined to begin a new life, she voyages to the Cape of Good Hope, only to find death and destruction await, endangering those she holds dear.
    Though she is intrigued by stranger, Anton Villion, trader, adventurer and maverick, his arrival threatens her precarious security. Anton, himself privy to a painful secret, shadowed by heartbreak and seeking peace, is drawn to Georgina despite his hurt and mistrust, and his reservations about her history.
    In time, their growing love is thwarted by the past – and Louisa Somerville, hell bent on diverting Anton’s attentions. Fate has thrown them together but can Anton and Georgina salvage their bond before destiny tears them apart? Together, can they find the strength and courage to embark on their journey to redemption and everlasting love?

    Historical romance by Gina Rossi available from the Amazons, Wild Rose Press & all the other usual places.

  29. 'To Hear You Smile'

    A novella by Gina Rossi.

    Disillusioned and dumped, London girl, Olivia Sinclair, hides out in the English countryside, unaware that handsome local stranger, Zachary Jordan, is a world class athlete. Deeply attracted to his intuitiveness and apparent sixth sense, Olivia nevertheless shuns him when he scares her badly on a date and, worse, when she finds out he has stolen something precious from her. Then she discovers the devastating truth about Zac, and is determined to make amends, but Zac, crushed by her carelessness, doesn't want to know, and Olivia faces a gruelling uphill battle to win his respect and love.

    Available on Smashwords and the Amazons

  30. A FAIR TO DIE FOR by Radine Trees Nehring

    "Hi-Ho, come to the (craft) fair," but . . . watch out! This mystery novel is set at one of the largest and longest-running craft fairs in the United States -- The War Eagle Fair. Lovely setting on the War Eagle River in NW Arkansas, lovely weather, fantastic crafts. What could go wrong-wrong-wrong? Well, thousands do visit the War Eagle area of Arkansas each year expecting good things. Not hidden identies. Not drug dealing. Not murder. Can you sort it out? Can Carrie and Henry? At your favorite bookseller, e-book or print. More at

  31. A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream

    Open sky, Shakespeare, solitude. All Jebediah Greene needs. Alone since his teens, he’s never known loneliness, until he leaves Winona Young in California. Worse, he fears she’ll trap herself in a loveless marriage of convenience. After acting as her guide to San Francisco, how far will Jeb go to win her heart?
    Reading provides escape for Winona Young. Usually. Fleeing Philadelphia, she learns her distant suitor isn’t who he seemed. Neither is her mountain man guide, in a good way. Intelligent, but mule-headed, Jeb’s impossible to speak to, in any language. Winona falls in love with the stunning beauty of the wilderness, with the simple ways of the Osage people, and with Jeb. But books can’t teach her how to tame a mountain man.

    Available from Book Strand:

  32. "Our best writers weigh their words carefully, and John Brantingham is certainly one of them. He is a craftsman with a huge heart who cares deeply about people and stories and the chaos we call our lives. His characters are beautifully rendered, real and true, at once vulnerable and courageous. Wise and insightful, Brantingham's work brilliantly captures the light and darkness in us all." -James Brown
    From East of Los Angeles, a poetry collection.

  33. Cage Stone, born a bastard, hides his elven heritage until he's forced to join the sorceresses battling against a demon invasion. His reluctant cooperation with the Keepers fades when he partners with Sabelline Shelton, the sorceress assigned a dangerous mission to stop the evil horde. But Cage suspects there's more behind the mindless creatures who want only to kill. But the attacks intensify, leaving Sabelline and Cage little time to investigate. Can Cage keep Sabellline alive long enough for her to work her magic on the gate keeping the demons at bay? Or will the mysterious force pushing the fell creatures into the world of men destroy them as ruthlessly as it did the last couple trying to stop hell from taking over the world?
    The Keepers of Sulbreth, only .99 at Amazon and other retailers


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